By now our BRAGgers are on Day 3, they’ve accomplished completing two days of riding and should find things “interesting” as the rain pulls into Georgia today.
To say that I accomplished little of what I needed to do this weekend is an understatement. My crowning glory was getting some yard work done on Sunday. From the discomfort I felt last night and this morning I continually wonder if I am allergic to grass, or perhaps the pounds of Georgia red clay dust that I inhale each time I mow my “grass.”
Today’s Daily Challenge
Give a good stretch to your wrists, arms, and spine with yoga’s upward facing dog pose.
Upward facing dog, also known as urdhva mukha svasana, is a basic hatha yoga pose. It provides a nice stretch for the wrists and arms. You should also get a satisfying stretch through your whole spine, which can be a welcome feeling if you spend much of your day sitting.
I found that I can get the challenge early enough to post that day’s challenge in the appropriate blog. So now each day you’ll get today’s challenge instead of yesterday’s.
Another One Bites The Dust
On Friday I went to the Dunwoody Tavern to attend a going away happy hour for one of our company’s longer-term managers who has decided to leave. I am an ardent opponent of “Going Away Lunches” since I feel it sends the wrong message — “You’re leaving? Well congratulations! Let’s take you to lunch!” — however in this instance the person leaving is one of our happy hour regulars so I decided to join.
If not for the fact that Dunwoody Tavern is in the wrong direction from home, it could become a regular stop on my newly-forming bar rotation (the loss of my favorite servers and constantly-high beer prices at Taco Mac has really lessened the appeal there for me), for the food looked good (I never got around to eating), the beer selection was fine (though also a bit high-priced), the bar is non-smoking, and the waitstaff attentive.
No Riding. No. Riding.
I was going to ride my mountain bike up to the Summer Shade Festival in the Highlands on Saturday, but then I decided against it even though the weather, save the high winds, was lovely. I can’t recall what I did Saturday other than foregoing breakfast for an over-sized lunch, lounging, napping, and failed attempts at reading a lot. Hmm, almost sounds like the perfect Saturday now that I re-read that last sentence.
On Sunday things didn’t work out as I planned them, so I didn’t ride then either. I did take the time I was planning on riding to do the aforementioned yard work and continue with June Super Secret Project #1. “What is a June Super Secret Project?” you ask? Well, it’s a project, perhaps life-long, which I am beginning this month; it’s all part of the “Ch-Ch-Changes” I hinted at on Friday.
Clap Your Hands Say Huh
I had heard that Clap Your Hands Say Yeah were going on tour again this year. They are scheduled to play at next Sunday night. Planning on reliving my early 2000s I decided that I’d go to the show, assuming that I would be one of the few doing so. What I hadn’t planned on was finding out that Clap Your Hands Say Yeah is opening (my, how the once-mighty have fallen) for some other band, and that the show has sold out. Oh well, I guess I could dust off that first Clap Your Hands Say Yeah CD this week and relive my grand memories of seeing them at The EARL.
And Now For Something Completely Different
While not doing what I was supposed to be doing I had an flash of creativity, which I will most likely do nothing with, but have had nonetheless. It’s refreshing. I’m not going to give my idea away, but it regards a (physical) book that I have in my collection, one that I started reading again last night (I haven’t read it since middle/high school).
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – fair, feeling a bit crummy but trying to rally
Current Music – silence, and will probably continue this trend as I have a ton of work to accomplish and need to focus
Website Of The Day – Not sure I’ve ever picked Weather Underground, my new go-to weather website, before. Perhaps I need to start another June Super Secret Project for archiving my Websites Of The Day.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing (pity, that)
Morning Weigh-In – decided not to check
Foot Mileage – 5.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 0 flights
Days Of Bed-Making – 0
Vegetarian Days – 1
Carnivorous Days – 2
Pancakes Eaten – 0
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0
Books I’ve Read/Heard In 2012
- Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me — Mindy Kahling
- Flotsametrics and the Floating World: How One Man’s Obsession with Runaway Sneakers and Rubber Ducks Revolutionized Ocean Science — Curtis Ebbesmeyer
- God, No! — Penn Jillette
- The Elephant to Hollywood — Michael Caine
- Here Comes Trouble — Michael Moore
- How We Decide — Jonah Lehrer
- Steve Jobs — Walter Isaacson
– Post at least ten new photos during the month
– Lose at least two pounds (net weight loss)
– Finish two books (audio or otherwise, comic books do not qualify)
– Exercise for thirty minutes no fewer than twenty days
– Not to get sick for the entire month (may be a moot point as of today)
– Eat vegetarian no fewer than ten days
– Watch all of the classes in the 2011 Winter semester of Stanford’s CS193P (iOS Development) course
2012 Goals [will be a little less fluid than last year]
– Get my weight under 200 pounds, or at least whittle myself back down to where wearing a 36″ pant size is comfortable
– Completely read ten books, audio books permissible
– Run Sharpened Stone as a real business
– Save $500 for the sole purpose of donating to charitable organizations of my choice
– Attend at least one professional photography workshop
– Ride in no fewer than five 50 mile or 50K bike rides
– Run in no fewer than one one 10K
– Submit at least one application under the name “Sharpened Stone” to Apple’s iOS store
– Restore the ITP Estate to a condition where it can be put up for sale at any time
– Buy a new iPhone (iPhone 5?),
a new iPad (iPad 3?), and MacBook Air [look, not all goals have to be altruistic]
– Continue backing up all data, including the off-site storage
– Become a proficient and profitable programmer in Objective-C
– Do not create a solution for something which is not a problem
– Eat smaller portions
– Start, and continue, to make my own bread using my bread machine as well as using the technique outlined in Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking
– Read and discard magazines during the month in which they arrive (even digitally)
– See more live concerts than I did in 2011
– Eat more pancakes
– Drive/Fly somewhere for a real vacation